Stencil Test Drive: Jessica Sporn’s Hands

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It’s time for another Stencil Test Drive from Jessica Sporn. Today I’m playing along with Jessica, Michelle Rydell, Natasha May, Carolyn Dube, Maria McGuire, Janet Joehlin, and Kirsten Reed.


This time we’re using the Hands stencil:


I knew from the moment the stencil arrived in the mail that I wanted to use those fingers as reminders, so I stenciled them with jet black Archival Ink onto a few layered art journal pages.  Next I punched holes for the thread and tied on my reminder strings. The quote is from Mark Twain.
An internet search tells me:
<<< It’s a little known fact that the nerves that define your sense of touch on your index fingers are the ones with the quickest connections routed directly to the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory. Tying a ribbon around theindex finger means you constantly have a texture that’s activating those nerves and thus keeping that part of the brain in alpha (high activity) mode. If you tie the ribbon (or wear a ring on your index finger, or any such apparatus) at the very moment you are trying to memorize something you mustn’t forget later on, it associates that brain activity with said memory, keeping that pathway almost exclusively as a conduit for that memory.>>>
I wanted to balance the heaviness of the solid black stenciling, so I pulled out a wonderful thin die from Simon Says Stamp called the Hexagon Pattern Circle.  Anna-Karin was the enabler who caused that purchase. Actually she’s caused quite a bit of retail therapy so beware if you visit her blog as her projects are truly gorgeous.
I used the new Xyron® 3” Sticker Maker (which is actually RECYCLABLE ~~~~ Gooooooo, Xyron!!!!) to apply adhesive to the hexagon diecut:
And the Xyron® Adhesive Eraser to remove any excess. You have to love a machine that’ll apply adhesive to such thin lines.
I’m saving those cut-off pieces for another project.  So take your time to check out the other participants on the Stencil Test Drive.  Jessica’s giving away one of the Hands stencils, and like always, comments on all the participating blogs will count towards the giveaway.  Here are the links:
Marjie Kemper (you are here)
Maria McGuire (go here next)

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Linking to the Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. The depth of colour you get in your backgrounds never fails to amaze me and works as the perfect foil to the stencilling. Jenny x

  2. Love this piece, Marjie! The hands reaching into the center make such a nice frame for the sentiment. Beautiful colors!

  3. Very cool indeed!! Love the info & strings on the fingers!!

  4. Oh…. Marjie, these journal pages are so beautiful!! I love the hand stencil. And your use of the colors on the background is awesome! Thank you for sharing this great creation. 🙂

  5. Just before I left home for the campground on Friday, I received my two replacement cartridges for my 5″ Xyron, and can now use it again!!! Yeah! I also want to say that I do love Jessica’s “Helping Hands” stencil and have to add that to my next order. It just seems so versatile in its applications! Lastly, I have to say that I love your creation here. It so reminds me of what my mother told me…eh…on more that one occasion: “You can always remember the truth, it is more difficult to remember a lie!” Mwah!

  6. Marjie, I so love your style. I know I say it all the time, but I just want you to know it! It’s so unique and it sets you apart. These pages are no different! Perfect! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  7. Tammy Churchill says:

    Love it, love it, love it! My Grandmother used to tell us kids that and it has always stuck with me. Be Blessed.

  8. How fascinating about that memory connection with the index finger… I certainly know about how learning lines gets laid down in connection with the moves around the stage, and gets to where you sometimes need to do the moves in order to retrieve the words!!

    Wonderful pages, as ever, Marjie – with all your usual fabulous use of colour and depth through those layers.
    Alison xx

  9. Amazing, I didn’t realize that about fingertips. I always (when doing a portrait) run my fingers (eyes closed) around the persons face. I love the creativity of your art. Blessings, Janet PPF

  10. looking really cool !!! I don’t have the 3″. I have the X little guy.

  11. Cute, cute, cute! I love the added touch of the strings! Very clever!

  12. Carmen Lucero says:

    Love the quote and the trivia about memory! Now that I seem to forget almost everything, I’m going to try this method – can you just see me with ribbons tied around my index fingers! But the experts know it works! I had an aunt that lied about so many things, I often wondered how she kept track – must have had ribbons on her fingers, ha!

    Carmen L

  13. Beautiful page Marjie. I love the little strings tied around the fingers and your quote is one of my favorites! Definitely something to live by.

  14. Love your use of the new hands stencil!

  15. Oh dear….very impressing that you sent a note to me. I’m grateful !!! Thank you so much !!!!
    Hugs from sunny Spain

  16. This is wonderful, Marjie!!!

  17. Oh yes, that hand stencil is GREAT. Love what you did with it.

  18. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you tied reminder strings around the fingers–VERY creative!!! I think it is interesting that we both used “truth” too 🙂

  19. With the string I guess that makes it 3-D!
    Nice colors, they almost look swimming…

  20. Live this. The stencil is great as are all the samples

  21. Janelle Rourke says:

    Love the layering in your background, and great idea for the string! Another fun use of the stencil. Thanks for sharing, and a chance to win.

  22. beautiful journal pages. I love how you added the strings to the fingers-very creative!

  23. Marjie, you are sooooo right! If you tell the truth, you won’t have to remember anything. I wish more people in Washington could learn that, LOL.

  24. This has blown me away as it is your use of the stencil which is so inspirational and rather cute, tying string onto the fingers.
    Such a fabulous piece is this.

  25. Rita Montgomery says:

    Those hands are killer. Love, love the strings tied on….remind me to do this next time!!
    Thanks for the chance to win this clever stencil.

  26. That is another fabulous stencil – I can see that I am needing to have some on-line retail therapy myself, as these are not available in my country 🙂 Beautiful work as always Marjie!

  27. A gorgeous page with great details.

  28. Love this stencil! The hands are wonderful on your brilliant blue! Gorgeous!

  29. Trece Wyman says:

    Wonderful use of these stencils!! The motto is also one of my favorites!!

  30. Love it! The hands are very cool.

  31. love the stencil – great variations!

  32. Such an original idea Marjie, love the idea of the string on the finger and thanks so much for that little explanation. I think I may have to go around permanently with string on my index finger! Your page is gorgeous. Hugs, Anne x

  33. Love the page and that stencil.

  34. clever ideas you shared tks

  35. Fabulous page Marjie! Love the hands and the colours. The die cut is a perfect addition! Thank you for your sweet words! 🙂

  36. This is a great use of this stencil, and your layering ALWAYS amazes me!

  37. As usual I LOVE your art work. Always fabolous and original. Love the way you combined the stencil and die cutting. Thanks Marjie for sharing. As alwYs when visiting your blog I feel inspired !
    Hugs from SPAIN

  38. is amazing page, the colors are wonderful!!!

  39. Fabulous – I love the quote!

  40. Those strings around the fingers are so great — thank you for the explanation too! Love all the inky goodness on this page. Great quote as well! Thank you so much for being part of the test drive!

  41. I love your page! I wish I had know about that index finger memory trick in high school when I had to memorize Shakespearean soliloquies!

  42. Great quote to use! This turned out great Marjie. Beautiful layers of many stencils… and I love those hexagons!

  43. Valerie Gilreath says:

    This is a great layout — so bold, and yet so delicate. The strings around the fingers are a great detail. Thank you for another inspiring example of how to use this stencil.

  44. Oh I like this one!! The blues are especially beautiful. Those hands…the more I see the more i want:)

  45. Love this! Brilliant idea to tie a string on the fingers! Love all the symbolism here!

  46. This is GORGEOUS!! I love love love the colors, the hands and that QUOTE is PERFECTION!!!!!

  47. Great spread and some education too – gotta love it. xox

  48. Denise Spillane says:

    Nice piece. I love those punched pieces too.

  49. Gorgeous and I have to say those hexagon pieces loo fabulous!

  50. Love the reminder fingers, such a neat idea and you have created wonderful depth with the masking as always.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  51. Margie – those little strings around the fingers are fabulous! What a creative use of the stencil! Love the colors and quote too!